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Wilson struggles early but Angels beat Royals 7-3

By JIM RICHARDS
Associated Press
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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and struck out nine over 5 2-3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels defeated a Kansas City Royals split squad 7-3 on Friday.

Making his fifth spring training start, Wilson labored early during a 99-pitch outing.

Raul Mondesi and Alex Gordon singled with one out in a four-hit first. Justin Maxwell singled in a run and Gordon scored on Chris Iannetta's passed ball.

Gordon, who had three hits, added an RBI single in the second.

Only run was earned against Wilson, who gave up seven hits and two walks.

Kole Calhoun and Iannetta each hit their second homer of spring training. Iannetta hit a three-run drive in the second off Aaron Brooks, who allowed four runs - three earned - and four hits in two innings.

Calhoun connected off P.J. Walters leading off the fourth.

STARTING TIME

Royals: It was the first Cactus League start for Brooks, sent to minor league camp on March 10.

Angels: Wilson, the team's No. 2 starter, went 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA last year. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said the left-hander recovered well from a rocky start.

''We didn't help him out in the field in the first two innings,'' Scioscia said. ''He settled down and pitched well. He got the ball in the right spots and finished well.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: The news on reliever Sean Burnett went from hopeful to worse. Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher said Burnett felt stiffness in a different area of his left shoulder during a bullpen session that was cut short. Butcher said Burnett would be held out for a couple of days and then re-evaluated.

The latest flare-up is not tied to last season's injury.

''It's in a different area, not what bothered him last year,'' Scioscia said.

Burnett got in 13 games and pitched 9 2-3 innings with a 0.92 ERA for the Angels in 2013 but was shut down for the season on July 31. He signed with the Angels for $8 million over two years after the 2012 season with Washington.

TRADING PLACES

The Angels sent utility infielder Andrew Romine to Detroit for left-hander Jose Alvarez.

Solid on defense, Romine batted a career-high 108 times in 2013 with the Angels and hit .259 with a .308 on-base percentage.

The 24-year-old Alvarez could be a potential starter with the Angels. He appeared in 14 games for Detroit last season, including six starts, and went 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA.

This spring, Alvarez has started one game and made five appearances in the Grapefruit League.

Romine's departure could clear the way for 39-year-old veteran John McDonald to make the team as a utility infielder.

Detroit was recently stung by the loss of slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias, who has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs and could miss the entire season.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Iannetta
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF4010020 .345
   Brett Eibner, CF1000010 .125
Raul Mondesi, SS5110022 .200
Alex Gordon, LF4131000 .304
   Ethan Chapman, PR-LF10100001.000
Billy Butler, 1B2000114 .327
   Matthew Fields, 1B2000002 .250
Justin Maxwell, RF3011001 .396
   Elier Hernandez, RF1000001 .000
Johnny Giavotella, 2B2020100 .324
   Jack Lopez, 2B1000000 .000
Brett Hayes, C3000015 .238
   Adam Moore, C1000010 .167
Jason Donald, 3B3000021 .297
   Brian Bocock, 3B1010000 .250
Edinson Rincon, DH2100010 .000
   a-Ramon Torres, PH-DH2000001 .000
Aaron Brooks, P0000000 .000
   P.J. Walters, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000 .000
   Spencer Patton, P0000000 .000
Totals383102211  
a-popped out for Rincon in the 6th
Batting
RBI - Alex Gordon (9), Justin Maxwell (7)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (7), Justin Maxwell (6)
SB - Ethan Chapman (1, 3rd base off Jepsen/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Donald-Giavotella-Butler, Donald-Giavotella-Butler-Giavotella-Mondesi-Butler, Donald-Giavotella-Butler-Giavotella-Mondesi-Butler-Mondesi-Lopez-Fields
E - Billy Butler (1, Misplayed grounder), Justin Maxwell (1, Dropped fly)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Brooks (L,0-1) 2443011 8.10
P.J. Walters 2533201 9.45
Louis Coleman 1000110 4.76
Francisley Bueno 1100010 2.25
Spencer Patton 2000040 0.00
HBP - Iannetta (by P.J. Walters)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Brooks 15-13, P.J. Walters 19-10, Louis Coleman 9-5, Francisley Bueno 5-5, Spencer Patton 14-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Brooks 5-1, P.J. Walters 2-3, Louis Coleman 1-1, Francisley Bueno 1-0, Spencer Patton 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Brooks 11, P.J. Walters 13, Louis Coleman 4, Francisley Bueno 3, Spencer Patton 6
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kole Calhoun, RF4111012 .300
   Alex Yarbrough, 2B1000000 .333
Mike Trout, CF4020001 .409
   Andrew Heid, LF0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B4110002 .293
   Michael Fish, CF0000000 .000
Josh Hamilton, LF3210110 .250
   Collin Cowgill, LF-RF0000000 .275
David Freese, 3B2021100 .257
   a-Chad Tracy, PH-3B1000010 .258
Raul Ibanez, DH3101003 .194
Howie Kendrick, 2B3111010 .400
   b-John McDonald, PH-SS1000010 .308
Chris Iannetta, C2113110 .346
Erick Aybar, SS3010002 .324
   Carlos Pena, 1B1000010 .147
C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals32710737  
a-struck out for Freese in the 7th
b-struck out for Kendrick in the 7th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (1, Walters)
3B - Erick Aybar (2, Brooks)
HR - Kole Calhoun (2, Walters), Chris Iannetta (2, Brooks)
SF - Raul Ibanez (2)
RBI - Kole Calhoun (8), David Freese (7), Raul Ibanez (5), Howie Kendrick (7), Chris Iannetta 3 (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Erick Aybar (2, Throwing), Chris Iannetta (1, Throwing)
PB - Chris Iannetta (2)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,1-2) 5.2731290 2.49
Daniel Reynolds (H,2) 0.1000000 0.00
Kevin Jepsen (H,3) 1100000 2.08
Joe Smith (H,5) 1100010 2.70
Ernesto Frieri 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 51-43, Daniel Reynolds 1-1, Kevin Jepsen 4-4, Joe Smith 6-6, Ernesto Frieri 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 3-6, Daniel Reynolds 1-0, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 27, Daniel Reynolds 1, Kevin Jepsen 4, Joe Smith 4, Ernesto Frieri 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9648
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Lance Barrett